Why Are Learning Objectives Important?
As subject matter experts, instructors have a clear understanding of the skills students need to acquire to be successful in their fields. However, this information is not always communicated to students. To set clear expectations for student learning, instructors should answer the question, “What do I want my students to know or be able to do by the end of this course?”
Develop a set of learning objectives for a course by crafting a short list of concepts, topics, or skills that can guide student learning and add clarity to students’ learning experiences. By designing the course from a list of 3-6 course-level learning objectives, students have a clear set of expectations for what they should be able to do by the end of the course and will be better prepared to demonstrate their learning in a way that aligns with their instructor’s expectations.